I am always worried about the image journalists have in our society. There is a tendency of not trusting to journalists; thinking of them as the ones who need sensation and is ready to do everything just to get out of people what they want. True, there are such journalists, whom I myself is afraid of. They are the consequence of lack of proper education and wrong priorities established in the newsroom. Still, there is no space for generalization; we do have professional journalism in Armenia. There are professional journalists, who fight to know the truth and know how to present results ethically. It is important for people to realize the importance of journalism in society and start trusting to journalists their issues ad stories.
Independent Armenia is a start up, that is failing, at least for now. Still, it has a future; hopefully bright future, with sustainable state and healthy governmental system. Free press and responsible journalists are essential to watch out the development of Armenia, as citizens must know about each step made.
Coming back to trust, literacy will save the future of journalism. If people know how to work with the reporter, what to expect from them and newsroom related nuances, they will figure out easier which infromation source is trustable.
Minimum, what this course has done is discovered for students the work of journalists. Does not matter, will they stay in media world or not, now they know how it works. Hopefully, each student from the class can be a citizen journalist, notice injustice aroung herself and find the way to report about it. But, I would be really happy if I see students from our journalism course becoming good journalists, media theorists, researchers or editors.
Being a reporter is cool.